A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley that has sat on a runway in New Mexico for nearly four decades is back up for auction.
Online auction site IronPlanet has announced that the plane with red velvet seats had returned to the market after its current owner bought it last year for $430,000.
A previous auction house said that Elvis designed the interior, which also has gold-tone woodwork and red shag carpet.
A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley (pictured) that has sat on a runway in New Mexico for nearly four decades is back up for auction
A previous auction house said that Elvis designed the interior. It has gold-tone woodwork, red velvet seats and red shag carpet
The cabin inside the jet. It has been privately owned for 36 years and is currently in Roswell
Elvis performing on stage in 1973. He bought the 1962 Lockheed Jetstar early in his career, with his father, Vernon
But the red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar has no engine and the cockpit needs restoring.
The plane was owned by Elvis and his father, Vernon Presley.
It has been privately owned for 36 years and is sitting on tarmac in Roswell, New Mexico.
IronPlanet said in a statement that the current owner ‘has not made any changes to this piece of history’.
A previous owner disputed an auction house’s claim that the king of rock ‘n’ roll designed its red velvet interior, left. It has been described as looking like a casket
Images of the aircraft show an exterior in need of restoration and torn cockpit seats.
A previous owner disputed an auction house’s claim that the king of rock ‘n’ roll designed its red velvet interior.
Roy McKay told KOB-TV in Albuquerque he designed the interior himself.
Mr McKay said that when he purchased the jet, it had a two-toned grey interior and ‘kind of looked like a casket’.
The cockpit of the private jet that once belonged to Elvis. At the moment it has no engine and its cockpit needs restoring
The captain’s controls in the private jet. Auction House IronPlanet is confident Elvis designed its interior
But then-GWS Auctions Inc. spokesman Carl Carter told The Associated Press the auction house is confident Elvis designed the interior.
Federal Aviation Administration records show no interior changes were ever made to the jet, Carter said.
IronPlanet also is confident Elvis designed its red velvet interior.
The auction house is accepting online bids for the plane until July 27.
The auction house is accepting online bids for the plane until July 27. It sold for $430,000 last year
Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935, and moved to Memphis, Tennessee, with his parents at age 13.
He became a leading figure in the fledgling rockabilly scene by covering songs originally performed by African-American artists like Big Mama Thornton (Hound Dog) and Arthur Crudup (That’s All Right).
His provocative dancing and hit records turned him into one of the 20th century’s most recognisable icons.
Historians say his music also helped usher in the fall of racial segregation.
Elvis was 42 when he died on August 16, 1977, in Memphis.